Counselling is an umbrella term for all talking therapies which provide a safe and supportive environment in which clients are able to share their difficulties. Additionally clients are listened to in a way that helps them understand themselves better. It helps clients find more effective and satisfying ways of living their lives. 

Moreover, it includes many different approaches, including Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Humanistic/Person-centred Therapy and Integrative Therapy. Clients who are experiencing feelings of distress and are seeking help with a specific problem could benefit from such therapy. 

However, many clients attend therapy to gain greater confidence and move forward with their lives more effectively without experiencing a current crisis.  It can help with stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, bereavement, and so on. It can also help with day to day worries and decision making.

In the UK, there are three types of therapists who can offer these services: counsellors, counselling psychologists and clinical psychologists.

 A counsellor has specific training in counselling theory and skills as well as clinical experience of face-to-face counselling. Counselling and clinical psychologists hold a degree in psychology as well as a doctorate. 

The terms ‘counselling psychologist’ and ‘clinical psychologist’ are legally-protected terms in the UK. All of our registered therapists are with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).